INEOS ChlorVinyls has announced plans to submit a new planning application to Halton Borough Council in relation to the transport of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to the new Energy from Waste facility at Runcorn.
The development is being delivered by a Joint Venture comprising Viridor, INEOS ChlorVinyls and John Laing, with funding from a combination of public and private finance. The facility will be operated by Viridor.
This new application will fully consider issues previously raised by residents regarding transport and associated air quality impacts in the local area.
The Company is applying for permission to have the flexibility for up to 480,000 tonnes of RDF to be delivered each year by road, as requested in the original planning application. Both Council planning officers and the Highways Authority have previously agreed this would be acceptable. It is expected that the new application will be submitted in September 2012 at the earliest. Ahead of this, through a public engagement programme local residents and other Halton stakeholders will have further opportunity to consider and comment on the proposals and to understand the need for greater transport flexibility in more detail.
The application will also be subject to further thorough and detailed transport and environmental assessments, carried out by independent consultants.
A series of public exhibitions are being held in August and September to give residents of Halton the chance to find out more and engage in a dialogue regarding the proposals.